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Extra tickets for London 2012 Olympics

By Channel 4 News

Updated on 22 March 2010

Games organisers increase the number of places available to see the event, and unveil a new website where sports fans can register their interest in buying a ticket.

Olympic games

It had been predicted that there would be 9.2 million places available to see the Olympics and the subsequent Paralympic Games.

However it was revealed today an extra 800,000 tickets are being made available for the games.

The number of tickets has been increased to 10 million. Eight million for the Olympics, and two million for the Paralympics.

Launch of the new London 2012 ticket website Ticketing promises to be a controversial issue for the games.

Members of the London Assembly have called for greater transparency, and have warned that many places for the games will be reserved for members of the 'Olympic family' - officials, sponsors and corporate guests.

London 2012 organisers have also unveiled a new website www.tickets.london2012.com where sports fans can register their interest.

They stress signing up on the site does not guarantee a place at the tournament, but say it will provide a short cut to a public ballot that will allocate 75 per cent of all seats.

Tickets will actually go on sale in spring 2011.

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